Power and luxury
If you see no reason why you can’t tackle mud in total comfort, the Lexus LX could be your soulmate.
Every segment of the car market needs a flagship, and the LX is exactly that for the Lexus SUV range. Based on the legendary Land Cruiser, but with the Lexus penchant for the luxurious, the LX series is a true iron fist in a velvet glove.
Two models make up the range, one with a petrol engine and the other with a diesel engine, both V8s. The petrol engine is a real bruiser with a displacement of 5.7-litres, making it capable of power of 270kW and 530Nm of torque. If fuel consumption isn’t much of a consideration for you, this is the engine to go for – ultra smooth and with almost limitless power. It is also a sensational tow vehicle.
If you prefer your vehicle to be more moderate in its consumption but still have great globs of torque on offer, the V8 diesel is undoubtedly for you. With an engine capacity of 4.5 litres, it is able to produce a peak power of 195kW and a monumental 650Nm of torque. While both the petrol and diesel vehicles use an automatic transmission, the petrol engine is paired with an eight-speed transmission and the diesel gets a six-speed transmission.
A brilliant combination of brute strength and opulence, the Lexus LX excels in many departments. There is one, however, where it truly stands out amongst its peers. Where almost every other SUV that comes close to being as luxurious as the LX is far more comfortable on tar than off it, the LX has real off-road pedigree and capabilities. Because it is heavily based on the world’s most rugged vehicle, the Toyota Land Cruiser, the LX boasts 4x4 hardware such as a permanent four-wheel-drive system with dedicated low-range gearing, and Multi Terrain Select with five different off-road driving modes: Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock and Mud, and Sand. This is all fitted to a body-on-frame layout for true ruggedness.
The interior is what you’d expect it be, considering the badge and spindle grille up front: It has all the bells and whistles that you’d expect in terms of safety, comfort and convenience. The build quality is sublime, and the level of finish top notch. There really is very little to fault with this behemoth of the road and trail. Bear in mind, though, that a car of this size is more comfortable on the open road than in the confines of the city, so if you have to squeeze into an underground parking spot every day then maybe an RX is a better fit!
Some may question why you’d buy a Lexus LX instead of a Toyota Land Cruiser 200, considering they are so closely related. The real reason is for the added luxury of the Lexus, as well as the additional status of the badge. Prices are listed at R1 853 100 for the LX 570 V8 and R1 787 900 for the LX 450d V8. Both models come standard with a 7-year/100 000km warranty and Maintenance Plan.
Dominant off-road capabilities